Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
Michigan has one of the worst ratings in a first-ever analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools’ academic performance. (USA Today)
Over the last two weeks, there has been uproar over decisions by a New York City grand jury not to indict police officer Dan Pantaleo for the choking homicide of Eric Garner and a St. Louis grand jury not to indict now-former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the slaying of Michael Brown. This has resulted in plenty of discussion about the connection between public education and the criminal justice system – including the school-to-prison pipeline perpetuated by the overuse of harsh school discipline like out-of-school suspensions and referrals to juvenile courts. (Real Clear Education)
New Jersey
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, of Bedminster, received the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) University Medal for Lifetime Achievement at Celebration, the universitys annual black-tie benefit dinner, on Nov. 14, 2014 at the Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange. (KWQC)
Rhode Island 
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist’s future is still yet to be determined under Governor-elect Gina Raimondo, as Gist’s current two year contract expires in June 2015 — and education leaders are weighing in on her performance, and prospects moving forward. (Go Local Prov)
Lt. Gov.-elect Daniel McKee has named his transition committee, his organization announced Thursday in a news release. (Providence Journal)


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